I’m born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, spent some time in the Bronx and went to high school in Queens. Growing up, I always thought living in New York City was the beginning and the end. The idea of leaving never crossed my mind, but of course nothing ever goes as planned.
Upon graduating high school I earned a scholarship to Skidmore College, a liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, New York. Truthfully, it took time convincing myself that living anywhere outside of the big city made any sense. There was some anxiety, some fear, but that is what made me realize that leaning into discomfort to ultimately develop myself is totally worth it. And guess what…
I graduated. I majored in American Studies and learned so much about the world and had meaningful discussions on how we as a people can come together to make a significant impact on our society. More importantly, I met some amazing people who turned my peers, roommates, and now life-long friends. Oh yes, subsequently, I earned my masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration at Buffalo State College, State University of New York.
My professional goal was to work in higher education as a resource for students and to provide guidance as they work towards their degree. One thing lead to another and I went from living in New York to Boston to Miami.
I landed a pretty cool job in Miami working as an Operations Manager at Florida International University. Actually, it was my dream job. I was doing everything I wanted helping students plus so much more. But that “so much more” was not enough for me. I wanted to do even more. I wanted to impact more lives. And that is what lead me to government.
With zero experience in government, I landed a job working as a Legislative Aide for a Mayor of a city in Miami-Dade County. It was one of the toughest, but also one of the best experience of my life. Working for a city and, subsequently, the county helped me realize my true calling – to help people.
After working in government for a little, I yearned for the opportunity to work for a nonprofit organization. The idea of directly working in the community, helping people every day felt like something that I needed to do. Growing up in underserved communities in New York City, I knew how it felt and wanted to do my best to help impact lives. I was offered a job as Policy and Advocacy Coordinator at an amazing nonprofit organization named the African American Community Service Agency (AACSA) in San Jose, California and the rest is history.
Road trip! I did the drive from Miami to San Jose. I was able to explore parts of the country before beginning my role. That was supposed to be the end for now, but remember what I said about wanting to do even more. Well, that happened pretty quickly and I am now the Associate Director of AACSA.
The work continues and am I happy to be in a role where I can continue to help people.